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Praying From A Thankful Heart

Our human nature is not to see the good but the bad.  It is far easier to be critical and ungrateful for the blessings and liberties we have then to praise God with a thankful heart.  How often in prayer do we get on our knees before the Lord and begin to just thank Him for all that He has done for us?  Our we thankful that no matter what may come our way that He has said that He would never leave us nor forsake us (Romans 8:38-39; Hebrews 13:5)?  Are we thankful to God in all circumstances (1 Thessalonians 5:18)?  Do we have a thankful heart?

In Romans 1:21 Paul says that one of the reasons that God has given humanity over to our sinfulness lies in our lack of thanks.  Our lack of thankfulness is rebellion against our creator God.  When we fail to thank God for all His blessings even to the smallest parts of creation, we are failing to acknowledge Him as God.  Our foolish hearts fail to see that all that we have whether the air we breath, the clothes on our bodies, our health, etc. all come from God.  They are all gifts undeserved.  What we deserve is death (Genesis 2:16-17; Romans 5:12).  Instead, we receive God’s mercy and His grace extended to us abundantly in Christ Jesus (Romans 5:18-21).  And yet are we thankful to the Lord for this?  Do we praise Him for His great mercy toward us who rejected His love and His kindness given to us in His Son?

Prayer is humbling for that reason and more.  Prayer forces you to recognize that 1) you are not God, and 2) only God can be our answer.  Our hope doesn’t lie in the flesh or our ingenuity.  Our hope must come from God alone (Psalm 62:5).  Our salvation, our delight, our joy, our satisfaction, our eternal life is all found in Jesus.  He is our reason for living.  He is our passion.  He is our gospel.  He is our advocate, our Savior, our faithful high priest (Hebrews 7:25).  He is the one in whom we long for and the one in whom we have sat our affections.  Prayer brings us to see that we are so weak and frail in comparison to His majesty.  We are so full of sin in comparison to His perfection.  We are so ignorant in comparison to His great wisdom.  We are worthless in comparison to the sweet Son of God who is God’s precious Lamb (John 1:29).  Prayer forces us to see that all that we are, all that we have, and all that we will ever be comes from God’s sovereign hand and not by our own strength.

Therefore, I resolve that we pray with thankful hearts.  Let us pray with hearts full of praise to our God for His salvation.  Let us praise Him for His Church.  Let us praise Him for our freedom not just in the United States but through His Son (John 8:36).  Let us praise Him for His mercy.  Let us praise Him for His grace.  Let us be thankful that He alone is God and that He alone controls all things and upholds them by His word (Hebrews 1:3).  Let us praise Him that all things are under His control and that He can move mountains by His great power (Mark 11:22-24).  Let us resolve to be thankful people who praise God from grateful hearts that have been overwhelmed by His love (Romans 5:1-11; 1 John 3:1-3).

But most of all, let us be thankful for Jesus Christ who bore our sins on the cross (2 Corinthians 5:21).  How great is His sacrifice.  How great was His love for us that took Him to the cross.  Jesus is our salvation.  Not a theory.  Not a doctrinal system.  Jesus is our Savior and Redeemer.  Jesus is our high priest who intercedes for us.  How can we fail?  How can we deny Him when we see His love and His salvation?  Let us fall on our faces and praise God for the wonderful gift of His Son (John 3:16)!

We have so much to be thankful to God for.  Let us not waste our time in self-pity but in praise for all His blessings that are not unearned and are completely undeserved.  What an awesome God!

Written by The Seeking Disciple

02/06/2012 at 5:44 PM

Posted in Prayer, Thankfulness

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